Sunday, September 30, 2018

High school friend defends Brett Kavanaugh: ‘This is not the guy that we knew’

While a total of three women have come forward with allegations of sexual misconduct by Brett Kavanaugh, the Supreme Court nominee’s loyal supporters and friends haven’t wavered in defending him.

A woman who described herself as being a friend of Kavanaugh’s who has known the judge since high school said after Thursday’s hearings that the situation is “heartbreaking.” 

“This is not the guy that we knew in high school,” Missy Carr said on Fox & Friends on Thursday. “He’s the last person who I would suspect to do this.”

“Heartbreaking to see”

Carr’s appearance on Fox & Friends came just after a nationally televised testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee from Christine Blasey Ford, who claimed that she was sexually assaulted by Kavanaugh over three decades ago when the two were in high school. Ford alleged that Kavanaugh, who she says was inebriated at the time, laid on top of her and attempted to remove her clothing while a friend watched.

Kavanaugh disputed the claims in an emotional testimony later that day, wherein he claimed to be the subject of what he called a “grotesque and coordinated character assassination” and said that his confirmation process has been a “national disgrace.”

Carr seemed to echo these sentiments in her interview with Fox & Friends, during which she expressed her disappointment at the effect the allegations have had on Kavanaugh’s life and, particularly, his future as a girls’ basketball coach.

“It’s heartbreaking to see that he’s being destroyed on every level for something that I stand by him that he did not do,” Carr said.

#IStandWithBrett

Carr was one of over 60 women, all of whom claimed to have known Kavanaugh for at least 35 years, to sign a letter in support of the nominee earlier this month.

“Many of us have remained close friends with him and his family over the years. Through the more than 35 years we have known him, Brett has stood out for his friendship, character, and integrity,” the letter, which came from friends, coworkers, and classmates of the nominee, read. “In particular, he has always treated women with decency and respect. That was true when he was in high school, and it has remained true to this day.”

Many of the women who signed the letter also attended a press conference in Washington earlier this month in hopes of combatting the allegations. Standing in front of a banner that read “#IStandWithBrett,” Kavanaugh’s former classmate and longtime friend Megan McCaleb said at the event: “Brett stood out as the most responsible guy who treated us with the kindness and respect.”

Maura Fitzgerald, another longtime friend and ex-girlfriend of the nominee, said at the event that Kavanaugh was “the kind of guy you wanted to take home to your parents.”

Meanwhile, at least three witnesses named by Ford have denied her story, including her so-called lifelong best friend Leland Keyser, who Ford said attended the party with her some 36 years ago.

“Simply put, Ms. Keyser does not know Mr. Kavanaugh and she has no recollection of ever being at a party or gathering where he was present, with, or without, Dr. Ford,” Keyser’s lawyer said in a statement.

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